NC keeps eye on new govt’s moves
Congress leaders, objecting to UML’s apparent move—to put on hold all decisions of the previous govt, has warned that such a move would set a bad precedent
Feb 19, 2018-In a preliminary response to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s instruction to the chief secretary to put on hold all decisions of the previous government, the Nepali Congress (NC) has said that it is closely watching moves of the new government.
It is up to PM Oli to move ahead unilaterally or on the basis of consensus, the NC said. “We have not received official information about PM’s instruction to put the decisions on hold. The initial days of new PM reflect how he plans to move ahead and we are closely watching his moves,” said NC Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma.
He said the NC would make its official position public after receiving official information on the matter. NC leaders, however, objected to CPN-UML’s apparent move, saying that cancelling the decisions made by the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government would set a bad precedent and it would damage the parliamentary system.
After Oli’s move, NC President Deuba is holding consultations with senior party leaders.
An informal meeting of the NC, the first since the transfer of power, concluded that the decisions made by the Deuba-led government were in line with the legal and constitutional provisions.
The party will vehemently raise this issue in Parliament, said NC leaders who
maintain that there is no practice of cancelling the decisions made by the previous Cabinet.
PM Oli has already instructed Chief Secretary Lok Darshan Regmi to put all the decisions on hold. Minister without Portfolio has confirmed that the instruction given to Chief Secretary.
A task force of UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) formed to prepare government’s policy and programme has also suggested PM Oli to review all the decisions made by the previous government.
UML leader Pradeep Gyawali said unfair decisions made by the previous government would be reviewed and those deemed unjustified would be scrapped.
Published: 19-02-2018 08:33